A killer who will tear you apart before he puts you back together. Something strange is happening in Detroit. Hybrid bodies are turning up, half-animal, half-human. For Detective Gabi Versado, they are the word of a twisted monster who surpasses even 'Murder City's' most brutal criminals. For failed artist Clayton Broom, they are his greatest work. Life destroyed his dreams, so now he's found new ones. the question is, can Gabi find him before the person she loves most is drawn into his nightmare? 'I couldn't put it down' Stephen King 'tremendous' the times 'Rare and intriguing' telegraph 'terrifying' Marie Claire 'Engrossing' Sunday times 'thriller of the year' Observer
Lauren Beukes is a novelist, TV scriptwriter, documentary maker, comics writer and occasional journalist. She won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel ZOO CITY, set in a fantastical Johannesburg where guilt manifests as spirit animal familiars. Her previous works include MOXYLAND, a dystopian cyberpunk thriller set in Cape Town under corporate apartheid. She helped create South Africa's first half-hour animated TV show, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, and has written kids animated shows for Disney UK and Millimages in France.
"Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down. I'd grab it, if I were you." Stephen King "Reading Lauren Beukes is like watching a fireworks display. Her sentences pop, fizz and explode across the page; leaving you oohing and ahhing with your mouth open" Michael Robotham, author of Watching You "I unhesitatingly urge you to buy it and read it now!" James Ellroy, author of American Tabloid "A genuinely unsettling-in all the best ways-blend of suspense and the supernatural makes this a serial-killer tale like you've never seen ...A truly terrifying horror story." Kirkus (starred review) "What Beukes is doing here is using the conventions of the cop novel ...to do something incredibly clever and incredibly interesting. The plot is slippery and strange, and the tension and the weirdness build and build, to a climax like nothing you've ever read-not in crime fiction, not in literary fiction, not anywhere" Ben H. Winters, author of The Last Policeman "Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled ...Beukes moves effortlessly through many of [Detroit's] worlds, from police precincts to the Internet-driven secret lives of teenage girls and the homeless shelters and mostly dead neighborhoods of a hobbled American city ...The end result is an enormously satisfying novel that employs the best attributes of multiple genres to dramatize big ideas about art, the Internet and urban decay. " New York Times "Engrossing, thought-provoking and powerful." Sci-Fi Now "The wildly talented Lauren Beukes has created a darkly majestic jewel of a novel ...Part harrowing thriller, part urban-Grimm's fairytale, but always filled with a deeply affecting humanity, Broken Monsters is the kind of book you'll find yourself pressing into the hands of everyone you know so they can experience it too." Megan Abbott, author of The Fever and Dare Me "Red Dragon meets The Wire ...Beukes is a supremely talented author" Library Journal "Beukes is a novelist of unflinchingly keen eye and ambitious ideas. Her love of the cityscape is palpable in her work, and her social commentary biting ...This is no Red Dragon - this is something more sinister and beautiful than that." Zoe Hinis, The Book Armada "Seamlessly fuses the unbridled ingenuity of Stephen King with the master craftsmanship of Michael Connelly's police procedurals. Broken Monsters is an unabashedly contemporary thriller, fresh in its approach and narrated with the stylish prose we've come to expect from Beukes." Simon McDonald, WrittenBySime "Beautiful, horrifying, thrilling, and most impressive of all, possessed of a deep and remarkable compassion. I wish I'd written it." Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street "Lauren Beukes is a marvel. Broken Monsters is a brilliant genre-defying thriller that breathes humanity and compassion for its rich, complex characters even as it gives you a hair-raising, nail-biting ride through gritty inner-city Detroit. A must-read." Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind.